Friday for the Arts, January 12, 2018

This month the Petersburg Area Art League will open 2018 with the works of two local artists who have been featured in our galleries in the past.

In the Main Gallery you will be treated to the acrylic paintings in Eugene R. Vango's abstract expressionist style.  However, he will also display many paintings never seen before incorporating still life objects into his style.

Vango, a native of Norfolk, attended Booker T. Washington High School.  Upon graduating from high school, he entered the [then] Virginia State College.  While at VSC, he was an active exhibitor.  During his last year, he was accepted into the Biennial Atlanta University exhibition.  Some years later, he would win two Honorable Mentions in that show.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education and earned his M.F.A. from Penn State University in 1972.  Since then Vango has won numerous 1st place and Best in Show Awards.  He is often called upon to jury local and national shows.  His work has also been accepted in a number of juried exhibitions at galleries and museums.  He continues to exhibit, demonstrate, lecture and occasionally serves as consultant and evaluator for accrediting agencies.

Artist Statement

 Art to me, is an intellectual pursuit and a source of the most supreme creative pleasure.  There is something magical about color and light that prompts an artist to continuously discover the enormous dynamic possibilities of these elements that goes beyond their traditional use in interpreting physical reality.

My inspiration at this time comes from my experience with African art and culture.  The Africans have a rich tradition when it comes to the use of color for practical and ceremonial purposes.  I especially enjoy looking at African fabric designs which have an incredible balance of cool and warm colors.  This is a rich heritage that provided the foundations for modern art.  Traditionally abstract art has not been looked upon favorably by the Black community, but very few people realize that abstract art has been practiced by Africans for centuries before modern art was embraced by Europeans.  Other influences over the years have been the Abstract Expressionists and the artists of the California School of Colorist.  I started out with oils in the late sixties but as of the seventies, I have been painting with acrylic.  And, now I have expanded into the field of digital art.

To kick off the use of the new Upstairs Gallery, PAAL is excited to present the works of Lisa Mistry.  Come see her artistry on display in our new and exciting renovated Upstairs Gallery space.

 Trees of Christmas winners

The 2017 Peoples' Choice Winners for the "Trees of Christmas" are:

1st place: Psalm 28:7 Gym Ministries

2nd place: Curl Up or Dye Salon

3rd place: Willcox Watershed Conservancy

4th place: Special Olympics Area 16

5th place: The Youth Group of The Prince George Cooperative Parish